NETBALL: Match reports from the round six clash between Tailem Bend and Jervois


Tailem Bend, riding on the high of winning their first game for the season last week came out firing on all cylinders.

The early contest was even with strong defensive pressure from Jervois forcing Tailem goalers to shoot from long range.

In attack, Tailem's Kirstie Gregory was the first to settle, landing some beautiful goals, as well as a mid court defensive intercept to give her team the early lead.

Down the other end Tailem's goal keeper Katelin Kneebone was chipping in for a couple of intercepts and a rebound or two when the accurate Jervois shooters missed.

Despite the flawless quarter of Jervois’ goal defence Emily Hill, Tailem had a 15-8 lead at quarter time.

Tailem's intensity was a feature of the second quarter and Gregory was on fire. Hayley Davids in goal defence for Tailem started to come into the match and her opposite number in Kylie Matthewson was also making her presence felt.

Tailem was able to continue to dominate the game and extend their lead to 25-14 at the main break.

Jervois brought Sarah Beare on in goal attack and together with Hill, they tried to contain the increasing lead; Davids and Kneebone continued some amazing defensive pressure with outstanding results.

A timely intercept from Jervois' Bella Perks saw the game take an unexpected turn; this coupled with missed shots from Tailem was the start of a third quarter revival by Jervois.

An unfortunate injury to the in-form Hill saw the match swing back in Tailem's favour and they had a 37-21 lead at the final change.

Centre for Jervois Tiahne Wareing had a very consistent game, and her tussle with Charise Bristow continued into the final quarter

 Tailem was hosting a past players day and they were definitely providing court side inspiration and entertainment; its undoubtedly the Mexican wave on each Tailem goal that was the difference in the end. Tailem ran out winners 52-31, giving coach Trudy Connolly back to back wins and confidence heading into a tough game against top of the ladder dwellers Imperials.

Best players: Tailem Bend - Kirstie Gregory, Hayley Davids; Jervois - Tiahne Wareing, Bella Perks.

A Reserves

Jervois began the game at a first pace, and ran the ball with confidence.

Candice Love created many opportunities for her team mates and was well supported by Kalarie Jenner.

Both were shooting with greater accuracy than their opponents, while at the other end of the court, Tahlia Lloyd and Hailey Perrey were equally as solid in defence.

The midcourt was evenly matched throughout the quarter, with Jervois leading by seven at the first break.

Tailem settled in the second quarter with Their defensive pressure all over the court increasing. the quarter was well contested by both sides with some great passages of play throughout.

Tailem Bend goalers settled, and the shots followed, whilst their young defence proved that they could match it with their experienced opponents, creating much needed turnovers.

At the half-time break the lead had been reduced to four. 

The second half continued at a fast pace, with Tailem's changes proving to be of benefit in the warm weather. The ball moved through the court well by both teams, and supporters were provided with a high standard of netball for their viewing.

In a game of two halves, Tailem Bend continued to reduce the Bluds lead by creating turnovers and forcing errors, however Jervois held on by a mere two goals to take the points.

The final score was 45-43.

Best players: Tailem Bend - Kirsty Piggott, Sally Mighell; Jervois - Tahlia Lloyd, Candice Love.

B grade

Both teams started fast and furious playing possession netball and their goalies capitalised on these opportunities with Tailem being one goal ahead at the break.

Tailem started the second quarter by changing their goalers around and this seemed to create much needed drive through the attack end and this ended up being the difference with Tailem Bend being six goals ahead at half time.

Best players for Tailem Bend  Ashlee Zadow and Bridey Merritt and best players for Jervois Kirstie Gabell and Dannielle Stiller.

The third quarter began with Jervois taking many intercepts and their goalies rewarding those efforts to come within one goal but Tailem's defensive pressure was put on Jervois all over the court and Tailem were able to peg back the deficit one goal at a time to be five goals ahead at the final break.

Both teams made some last minute changes going into the final quarter and Tailem were able to keep Jervois at bay and went onto win by six goals at the final whistle.

Best players: Tailem Bend - Amanda Densley and Bridey Merritt; Jervois – Kirstie Gabell and Jo Flett.

B reserve

In perfect conditions Jervois took the centre pass to start the match. 

With both teams keen to get a win on the board it was a pretty evenly matched great first quarter with Tailem Bend leading by two goals. 

The second quarter saw Bindi Stone come on for Jervois, the Jervois combination played well but with some great defensive pressure from Catilin Hattam and Amanda Martin, Tailem Bend were able to capitalise on their turnovers ending the quarter with an eight goal lead. 

Both teams made changes going into the third quarter but the close match-up between centre court players Hayley Smedley and Kerri Waldhuter continued with both girls feeding in well to their goalies creating plenty of opportunities.

Stacey Wilson moved back into goal shooter for Tailem Bend where Corrina Trevorrow made her work hard. Down the other end Georgia Fulton applied great pressure to Nicole Cercone in goal attack for Jervois.

A great quarter saw Tailem unable to increase their 8 goal lead.

 The fourth quarter saw Kayla Schultz come back on for Jervois in goal attack.

Jess head played well under great pressure applied by Mel Miller from Tailem Bend still managing to creating some opportunities for Jervois. 

Another evenly matched quarter of netball with goalies shooting accurately for both sides but Tailem Bend managing to hold on for a win. 41–34. 

C grade

Jervois scored first but Tailem Bend quickly responded. 

Defence was tight from both teams keeping the score low in the first quarter 4-6 Jervois way.

Second quarter began the same as the first.

Tailem Bend had made a couple of changes in the attacking third which took a little while to settle but worked well giving them the lead at half time 18-12.

Tailem Bend came out blazing in the third quarter Jervois worked hard to keep the score close but Tailem were working well as a team which gave them a 10-goal lead at three quarter time.

Tailem’s Michelle Storrie and Tahlia were getting their goals in nicely.

Jervois shooter Samantha Norton was also playing well but Tailem still held their lead in the last quarter.

Well done to both teams, it was a great game to watch.

Tailem had too much in them to lose and won the game by eight goals; 40 -32.

Best players: Tailem Bend – Njirrah Rowe and Tahlia Long; Jervois – Samantha Norton and Tara Rasmussen.

17 and under

The first quarter was evenly contested by both sides as the ball moved back and forth as players settled into the game.

Both teams were making the most of their opportunities, but Tailem Bend's defensive pressure created early turnovers to give the team a slight lead at the quarter break.

The remainder of the game was controlled by the Eagles, as they continued to apply defensive pressure all over the court and the Tailem Bend goalers rewarded their team-mates with some great shots.

ervois defenders applied physical pressure to slow down the attack, but Tailem Bend stood up to the challenge.

The Eagles increased their lead at each quarter, and finished the game convincingly in the warm conditions. 

The final score was 51-21.

Best players:Tailem Bend - Matilda Hughes, Hannah Lovett; Jervois - Deni Jenner, Kacee Verhees

15 and under division one

The game started in perfect playing conditions, with both teams having a lot to prove.

With the Shepherd sisters away for the second week, Tailem Bend went in with a new looking defence line which paid immediate dividends with Courtney Bouzoukis picking up two early intercepts.

For Jervois, goal defence Isabel Rickaby was matching her, also turning the ball over numerous times for her team. Tailem held an 8-11 goal lead at quarter time.

The Jervois goalie combination of Claire Martin and Olivia Hand, who had a great first quarter, continued their form into the second, closing the gap early on.

Bouzoukis was moved out to goal defence and continued to dominate

 Caitlyn McEvoy moved out to goal attack and became a great target for Tailem Bend and the second quarter became an even tussle with Tailem Bend increasing their lead by just one goal.

Both teams made several changes at half time and centre court player for Jervois Hannah Cercone was playing consistently, leading and feeding strongly.

Despite her efforts, the strength and accuracy of McEvoy was pivotal in seeing Tailem hold a 13-goal lead at three quarter time.

Jervois moved Rickaby into centre and she was as dynamic there as she was in defence earlier in the game.

For Tailem, Kaylah Colmer and Gabby Schubert were piling on the defensive pressure and this was paying off with some great intercepts from both players; Schubert was also pulling in every rebound that presented itself.

Tailem Bend were able to hold out and run away with a 48-28 win.

Best players: Tailem Bend - Caitlyn McEvoy and Gabby Schubert; Jervois – Isabel Rickaby and Claire Martin.

13 and under division two

These girls had the bye today but Jervois 13 and under division one girls kindly agreed to a trial match for an extra game for these girls.

It was a great game by all who participated.

11 and under division one

Tailem Bend started well with Sophie Edwards scoring the first goal for the Eagles.

Tailem Bend defended well allowing Sophie and Olivia their goalies to combine their talents and the Eagles off to a great start, with them being 10 goals ahead at the first break.

Girls playing well for Tailem Bend were Skye McFarlane and Sarah Clark and girls playing well for Jervoiswere  Nikkita Flett and Erin Poulish.

The Eagles continued with their excellent defence and fast run and drive into their attack line with their goalies rewarding these efforts, Tailem were 20 goals ahead at half time.

Things continued to go the Eagles way with the girls finding their rhythm and great teamwork, to remain well ahead at three quarter time.

While Jervois had some great passages of play through Roxanna Tyler, Erin Poulish and Kyla Jarvis, things went Tailem's way, with their great team skills on show many times during this game. Tailem finished off well winning, 60-16.

Best players: Tailem Bend – Sophie Edwards and Chloe Pitt; Jervois – Erin Poulish and Nikkita Flett. 


This game started with excitement as both teams were eager to get on the court. Both teams moved the ball down the court very well, chasing down any loose ball they could get their hands on.

The Jervois team playing some great netball all over the court, while Tailem worked hard to turn over many balls however were unable to score from their efforts.

A great game of teamwork and sportsmanship was played by both teams which ended in Jervois coming out the winners with a score of 7-1.